Rough transcription of an actual call received this afternoon:
<happy voice> “Good afternoon, this is Jay.”
“Jay. Jay Thompson with Thompson’s Realty?”
“Yessir, how can I help you?”
<authoritative voice> “I’m the designated broker of XXXXXXXXX and I wanted to let you know that I’ve talked to an attorney and I am suing you.”
<mental thought> Shit, this can’t be a good thing”
<concerned voice> “Uhm, for what?”
<angry voice> “You are illegally manipulating the Google.” (Editor’s note: that’s not a typo. He really said “the Google”.)
<confused voice> “Excuse me?”
<still angry voice> “All my listings are on your web site and when people search for them, your site is ranked higher than mine.”
<been here before, willing to explain voice> “Ok. Here’s what”
<interrupts> “Well there is no way in hell that could happen unless you are manipulating the Google.” (Editor’s note: “the Google” makes me want to snicker.)
<curious voice> “What is your website?”
<bitter and angry voice> “You’ll find that out when you get served!”
<trying not to be a smart ass voice> “Sometimes I am hard to track down, would you like the address of my attorney?”
<pompous, arrogant voice> “You will also be hearing from the ethics board. I’m a personal friend of the CEO of the Arizona Association of Realtors.”
<somewhat snarky voice> “Oh, tell Tom I said hello!” (Tom would be Tom Farley, the CEO of the Arizona Association of Realtors. Great guy. I wouldn’t say “personal friend”, but definitely more than just a passing acquaintance. Much like, I suspect, the real relationship the caller has with Tom.)
At that point, the guy hung up on me. Ever since my ex-wife started pulling “the hang up” consistently, I’ve found it extremely annoying. I oh-so-wanted to call this guy back, but of course his caller ID was blocked. That makes sense, because as real estate agents and brokers, we should make it difficult for people to contact us”
It’s probably a good thing it was a blocked number though as I might have said something I would later regret. I’ve now passed the impulse response stage of wanting to give this knucklehead a piece of my mind.
I have no idea if he will actually have me served or not, but he was one pretty pissed off guy.
One would think there isn’t an attorney in the land that would take on such a ridiculous lawsuit, but:
We’ll keep ya posted!
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